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This is a vintage one and it cost me ungodly amounts of work and sweat. This time, I used real double-pages, which were then sewn to the cover spine, after having decorated every single one free-hand. Of course, when I was done I discovered that I'd somehow forgotten two double pages, so I had to cut them apart and glue them in separately with double-sided tape, with the result that some of them ended up a bit crooked, but, well, that can't be helped now.

Front cover: brown felt with antique-looking corners

The full outer cover; note the lace-trimmed band on the spine

(The brooch is actually an old button of which I cut off the hook - unfortunately, the plastic parts of it got a bit damaged by the strong glue I used, but no other stuff would keep it in place. Fastening the clasp was a real pain, too; it should have been screwed to the very edge of the cover - I think it was meant for wooden boxes, not for paper -, but the cardboard wouldn't hold the screws, so in the end I saw no other way than to sew it on. That way, it can't really be closed, but it looks pretty nonetheless.)

Front cover, inside (that gate pattern alone took me 5 to 6 hours to cut out free-hand):

Inside the first sequence (there are 4 altogether):

The back of Sequence #1 and the beginning of Sequence #2:

Inside the second sequence (this is where the wedding photo is supposed to go):

The beginning of the third sequence, with a quote from Solomon's Song:

Inside the third sequence (as you can see, the pages aren't all the same size - I've corrected them too much, alas!):

The fourth sequence (with hand-stitched rose bush):

(As you can see, nothing is wasted in my little workshop. Environmental awareness and all that. And now pocketses - without a Precioussss in them, I'm afraid. *g*)

Also, some flowers - none drawn by me, unfortunately. I very much have my limits:

And the end of the journal: one more pocket with a congratulations note and the inside of the back cover:

So, this is it, basically. I hope you like it, despite the glaring mistakes and the poor quality of the photos.

One word to the paper I used: the thick motif paper came either from a collection unexpectedly found in the ALDI supermarket or from a single sheet of scrapbook paper bought at Rayher's. For the pages I used simple copying paper in beige and light brown, cut the edges with motif scissors and painted the silver or gold trimming by hand.
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